Commenting on an American Thinker article on the Cheshire murders, an eminent firearms authority says:
Oh and in case anyone is contemplating home defense for themselves and their families, I recommened a shotgun loaded with buckshot over a handgun. It delivers a far more devastating blow on the criminal. Even if you miss, you will still stop them in their tracks and it won't go through a wall. Besides, everyone knows the sounds of a round being cycled into a pump shotgun. That is usually all it takes to make somebody think twice.
Once in a while I suggest a short Mossy 500 for non-enthusiasts interested in a home defense piece. Buckshot is okay, but, on the other hand, I recommend against missing. I also question the wisdom of counting on clickety-clack to solve your problems with the goblin at your bedroom door.
Love the internet. Second only to John Ford movies in creating gun experts.